Diana Poulin set the standard for women’s goalkeepers at St. John’s. (Photo courtesy of St. John’s SID)
After wrapping up one of the finest careers in St. John’s women’s soccer history, Diana Poulin has been nominated for the NCAA woman of the year award.
Poulin is one of a record 543 honorees across NCAA Division I, II and III. Of the 543 nominees, 229 come from Division I. The award seeks to reward outstanding achievement in four key categories: academics, athletics, service and leadership.
During her time in Queens, N.Y. the Hauppauge, N.Y. native became the program’s leader in wins (43), tied the school record for shutouts in a career (32) and finished her tenure with the second-lowest goals against average in school history (0.86).
She became the second goalkeeper in league history to be crowned the Big East goalkeeper of the year three times, taking home the honor in 2014, 2015 and 2016. As a senior, Poulin posted 12 clean sheets, setting a program record for shutouts in a season, while moving into fifth place on the all-time saves list (261).
Statistically, Poulin was one of the best goalkeepers in the nation in 2016, ranking 14th in the country with a 0.522 GAA and 15th with a .867 save percentage while her 12 shutouts ranked seventh in Division I.
Following a stellar senior campaign, Poulin was showered with awards. She was named to the All-Big East first team before being named the ECAC defensive player of the year and earning a spot on the National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-Northeast Region second team.
Poulin was also named a NSCAA Scholar All-American and landed on the NSCAA Scholar All-East Region squad for the second-straight season.
Poulin was also a key part of the 2015 St. John’s team that captured the program’s first Big East regular season title, finishing with a school-record 15 wins and advanced to the NCAA Division I tournament for the second time in three years.